Azar will be backed by a stellar Rhythm Section with Brian Swartz, Trumpet; Benito Gonzalez, Piano; Jeff Littleton, Bass and Marvin 'Smitty' Smith, Drums.
As one of the best to blend the elements of earth and the spirit through music, AZAR LAWRENCE stands apart from his peers with his searing, passionate saxophone sound and brilliant compositional style. His new live recording, The Seeker, will stand as an important milestone in the ever-fascinating musical journey that Lawrence has taken to create healing music for the world. - Sunnyside Records, June 2014
The Seekers release date is July 8, 2014.
AZAR is bringing a dynamic Quintet to the Seabird stage: the Tynereque pianist BENITO GONZALEZ, who is also on Azar's 2010 CD Mystic Journey and his new release Azar Lawrence - The Seeker. Benito's toured with jazz master, Kenny Garrett, as well as Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, Jackie McLean, Bobby Hutcherson, and many others.
BRIAN SWARTZ has recorded with The Dixie Chicks, Michael Bublè, Patti Labelle, Joe Henry, Keb' Mo', Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Gladys Knight, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Rickie Lee Jones, Jackie Greene, Taylor Eigsti, Buddy Childers, Sandra Booker and numerous other TV and film studio dates. Brian performed and arranged the horns for the Dixie Chicks' 2006 CD, "Taking the Long Way," which won 4 Grammys including "Album of the Year."
JEFF LITTLETON is one of the most versatile and in demand bassists on the West Coast, Jeff Littleton has performed with a virtual who's who of top jazz artists including Nancy Wilson, Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Hank Crawford, Pharoah Sanders, Billy Higgins. Harold Land, Bobby Hutchinson and a long list of renowned musicians. He released The Littleton Brothers | Collage with Bobby Watson.
MARVIN "SMITTY" SMITH is featured on more than 45 albums with a veritable list of additional performances and recordings that are augmented with names like Terence Blanchard and Donald Harrison. Marvin's playing credits include top notables in music like Sonny Rollins, Hank Jones, Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Art Farmer, Benny Golson Slide Hampton, and Milt Jackson. A member for many years of the Tonight Show Band Marvin has played with the Buddy Holland Band, Wallace Roney, Sting, Mulgrew Miller and a substantial list of others.
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